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Whitney Houston’s Death and the Other ‘Ray’

During the early coverage of the death of Whitney Houston, around 8:40pmET, CNN entertainment reporter Alan Duke reported that singer Ray J. had discovered Houston’s body in her room at the Beverly Hilton. He sourced the news to a close friend of the hiphop artist. But a few minutes later, after hearing from Ray J.’s publicist, Duke went on the air to report that Ray J. “was nowhere near there when Whitney died.”

Apparently, someone from NBC was listening to Duke’s report because at 9:07, Jinah Kim reported on MSNBC, “sources are reporting Ray J. might have been in the room with her.” Websites followed.

Finally, about a half hour later, around 9:25, Duke came back on the air to report “it was another Ray… It was the bodyguard for Whitney Houston whose first name happens to be Ray who discovered her body,” said Duke. Anchor Don Lemon thanked Duke for clearing it up, adding “When we have these situations in the initial reporting there’s always things coming in.”

Yes. That’s true. But a little more caution in vetting that information can prevent bad reporting on your network, or even others.

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TV News Coverage of the Death of Whitney Houston

The news of the death of Whitney Houston broke at 7:57pmET, when the Associated Press sent a breaking news alert and Tweet announcing the news. The cable news networks began covering the story moments later, without yet knowing a cause of death or where she was when she died. Houston was 48 years old.

MSNBC broke into “Lockup” at 8:07pmET. Paige Hopkins anchored live coverage which included additional information from entertainment reporter Courtney Hazlett.

CNN broke into “Black in America” at 8:11pm, with Don Lemon anchoring. Larry King phoned in and gave his thoughts, comparing Houston to Judy Garland who died at the age of 47, a year younger than Houston. “People should not die young,” said King. King also mentioned he’s attending Clive Davis‘s Grammy party tonight and would report tomorrow on reaction from guests. Davis was Houston’s mentor.

Fox News Channel ran a lower third graphic with the news as the pre-taped “Huckabee” aired. Update: Harris Faulkner broke in to “Huckabee” at 8:28pmET and began continuing coverage. After running an obituary story on Houston’s life, the newschannel took live shots from LA station KTTV FOX11, which hovered over the Beverly Hilton hotel, reportedly where Houston died and where the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party is to be held tonight. Judge Jeanine Pirro is covering the story in the 9pmET hour and Faulkner returns for live coverage from 10pm-1amET.

> More: ABC News aired a special report at 8:12pm, which, in the Eastern and Central time zones interrupted a Charlie Brown special. Anchor David Muir told viewers, “we want to alert parents who might have children in the room,” before reporting Houston’s death. Muir then updated the “World News” broadcast for the West Coast leading with the news at 5:30pmPT. “NBC Nightly News” updated with Jinah Kim in the Los Angeles bureau at 5:43pmPT. The “CBS Evening News” updated the West Coast versions of their newscast at 5:45pmPT and ran a crawl across the network earlier, at 8:12pmET.

> More: MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton phoned into the network to share his thoughts as he’s known Houston for 20 years. He phoned into CNN later, around 9:30pm.

> More: Piers Morgan joined CNN’s coverage just before 10pmET and interviewed Simon Cowell who said he was “very upset” by the news. He also cleared up rumors that Houston was being considered for a spot as a judge on the “X-Factor.” “When people want to be on one

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